How to Automatically Clear Your Browsing Activity When Closing Microsoft Edge

If you are big on security (or keeping a secret), you might not want the Edge browser to keep a permanent record of the sites you browse. If that’s the case, you can use a setting in Edge to automatically erase your data every time you quit the program.

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If you are big on security (or keeping a secret), you might not want the Edge browser to keep a permanent record of the sites you browse. If that’s the case, you can use a setting in Edge to automatically erase your data every time you quit the program.

This is for PCs and Macs running Microsoft Edge. Screen shots are from Windows 10

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It lets you delete everything at once on Windows 10 PCs and Macs. You get an almost fresh browser every time you open it to browse the internet. It is handy when you browse only internet banking sites and some other private sites to do something specific.

You can clear the following sets of data:

  • browsing history
  • download history
  • cookies and other site data
  • cached images and files
  • passwords
  • autofill form data
  • site permissions

To setup this feature, first, open your Edge browser. Now, click the three-dot hamburger menu icon from the toolbar. Refer to below image:

Close Edge 1
Accessing the toolbar menu button

Next, from the drop-down menu, choose the Settings option. See below image:

Close Edge 2
Accessing Settings

Now, locate the Privacy, search, and services section from the sidebar. Next, from the Clear browsing data section, click the Choose what to clear every time you close the browser option. See following image:

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Accessing clear browsing data for Edge

Now, you will see a list of data that you can clear when closing your browser. Click the toggle next to each data type that you want to clear. Refer to below image:

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Enabling or disabling what to clear when closing Edge

That’s it. You have set up and started the automatic clearing process. The next time you close the Microsoft Edge browser and start it up again, the designated data will be cleared.

Quote For the Day

“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life”.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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